Sunday, November 5, and Annabelle Renee Pomeroy was dressing for church. It’s likely she would have worn her best dress. Her father, a pastor, might have insisted.
With both parents out of town, the 14-year-old prepared to attend the morning service at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas without them.
Perhaps she thought of her mother as she put on the dress, the way Sherri Pomeroy would have smoothed the material over her daughter’s hips and held her at arms length to inspect how it fit.
Annabelle might have thought of her father as the service began, as her shoes pressed into the cold floor and she stood to sing the first hymn. Frank Pomeroy is a First Baptist Church Pastor, also.
For Crystal Holcolbe, dressing at all would have been difficult. At eight months pregnant, the mother of five – almost six – would have been wearing the most comfortable ‘Sunday best’ she could find.
As she sat on the hard pew alongside her five children, she might have been thinking about the life inside her womb, soon to enter the world. It’s reported Crystal raised goats and made cheese with their milk. Maybe she was thinking about dinner, or the week ahead, or her husband John whose parents, Karla and Bryan Holcombe, were sitting just there beside them.
Crystal, alongside three of her children, as well as Karla and Bryan and 14-year-old Annabelle were killed in that church when a lone gunman opened fire with an assault rifle at 11:30 on Sunday morning.
Twenty-six people died, and at least 20 others were injured.